HORACE

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HORACE

[Opera]. Paris, Robert III Estienne, 1613.
In-12, 4 ff.n.ch., 227 and 69 pp., 1 f.n.ch.: aubergine morocco, on the covers large symmetrical decoration of straight, curved and scrolled black scrolls, decorated spine, small black stylized iron, black morocco lining decorated with a Du Seuil style decoration, marbled paper double endpapers, gilt edges (binding ca. 1880).
Nice edition of Horace's works, based on the text by Daniel Heinsius with notes by his brother-in-law Jan Rutgers.
The lined binding is decorated with an unset mosaic decoration which underlines the virtuosity of the bookbinder.
This practice of unset mosaic was one of Henri Creuzevault's specialities in the second half of the 20th century.
It does not bear any signature but is undeniably the work of Hardy, a former worker from Niedrée. In this respect, it is similar to a similarly decorated binding covering a copy of the same edition, reproduced in the catalogue of the Collection d'un bibliophile (2018, no. 28).
The copy, ruled and with wide margins (H. 154 mm), appears to be on large paper
(Renouard, Estienne, p. 202, no. 7, and p. 485: refers to a Latin ode by Robert Estienne on the assassination of King Henry IV, not present here, which is sometimes found interspersed between the text and Rutgers' notes; see cat. Charles Pieters, 1864, no. 1083).
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